Treasure Hunting in our own back yard
Youth really don’t what they are missing by not getting involved in hunting for gold, the gold is out there you just need to find it and it isn’t always that hard to find.
I am a 66 year old business man and gold prospector and at this age I still have a yearning for finding the big one. Hunting for gold is a way of getting away from the hustle bustle of city life and becoming part of nature. All you hear today are diehard environmentalist talking about how gold mining has destroyed our habitat which is the farthest thing from the truth. True in the old days when they washed away mountains and cut every piece of timber, harm was done. But today’s miners are 90% environmentalist; there isn’t anyone that does more for the rivers than a dredger. “Think about it” dams that are in place don’t leave the rivers run wild like they used to, the rivers no longer tear up the hard packed gravels so that the fish can spawn, they don’t clean the silt away like they used to do. Dredging dislodges the packed gravels along with cleaning the sands from the accumulated silt so that fish can thrive. In the course of dredging you stack rocks which small fish and crawdads can hide from pray fish, the lose gravels are perfect spawning grounds for all fish.
The best thing about dredging is that you can find gold sometimes large quantities of it, not always but the thrill of finding it is beyond comprehension.
The first time that you find nuggets you will go to sleep in your tent or camper seeing nuggets in your dreams and you can’t wait to wake up and start dredging. It used to be gold when I started dredging was $35.00 an ounce and now it is over $1200.00 per oz. I would travel from Benicia to the Middle Fork of the American river when I was only 17, that was 1964 and set up a small sluice box and shovel gravel all weekend. Hell Hole Reservoir washed out and moved all the gravel 40’ up both sides of the river depositing gold everywhere; this was a treasures hunters dream!
I used to come home with at least two sometime 3 ozs of gold. I did this for a couple of years before I was called to duty with the Army. After getting out of the Army I ended up starting a business in Ohio, but that never kept me away from my dream. I was so mesmerized with thought of mining for gold that during the winter I would come to California, my parents lived here so it made it a perfect place to visit. My folks knew the care takers of Chili Bar Camping grounds and they let us dredge there, the gold was unbelievable I found my first ½ oz nugget there, what a great vacation paid for with gold.
All that I have to say is you need to hold on to our rights so that you can have the experience that I have had throughout my life and that your kids will also have that right. They are trying to take away something that I and our forefathers have done all their lives all because someone got jealous and figured that they could stop us from a constitutional right by using faulty scientific studies that were performed by the Sierra Club and the Karuk Tribe. They are using the ploy that we cause mercury to be distributed in the rivers when if fact we collect the mercury along with tons of lead and other heavy metals, not mentioning the gold. They have found that if they can stop us they can mine the rivers for the mercury using millions of our dollars to do so; this is absolutely a travesty to our freedom. Join the Public Lands for the People or the Western Mining Alliance we need your participation to win this fight.